July 17, 2008
Federal News Agency (FENA) reported that Bosnian Serb police on Tuesday prevented survivors and relatives of Srebrenica genocide victims from visiting a massacre site in Kravica village where Serbs slaughtered around 1,500 Bosniak men, children, and elderly.

“They didn’t let us pass, they didn’t even let us lay flowers,” Munira Subasic, head of a Srebrenica women’s association, told Reuters from a bus returning to Sarajevo under police escort. “It’s like it’s 1995 all over again, we are on a bus under Serb escort,” Subasic said. “This is such an injustice, so unbelievable. I cannot even cry.”

Kravica is a village in Bratunac municipality, just outside of Srebrenica. It was a heavily armed Serb village from which Serbs bombed Srebrenica with artillery. On 3 September 1991, on the brink of the war, the Eastern Bosnia’s first victims of ethnic violence were killed when a group of Kravica policemen and paramilitary nationalists ambushed a car of Bosniaks, killing two out of three people inside. None of the policemen and accomplices in the attack were ever brought to trial.

By January 1993, Serb forces ethnically cleansed 90% of the eastern Bosnia from Bosniaks and slaughtered about 1,000 Bosniak civilians in the area.

On 7 January 1993 (Orthodox Christmas day), the Bosniak forces under the command of Naser Oric counter-attacked and captured Kravica, a Serb military stronghold at the time. An estimated 25 Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) soldiers were killed and 36 wounded. 11 civilians were also killed and most of the houses were damaged in the battle.

In order to justify Srebrenica genocide, Serbian nationalists have propagated grossly inflated claims that over 3,000 Serb civilians were murdered around Srebrenica. Some Serb sources, such as Srebrenica genocide denier Milivoje Ivanisevic, allege that Kravica’s 353 inhabitants were “virtually completely destroyed.” Both these accounts were discredited by the International Criminal Tribunal. A press briefing by the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) dated 6 July 2005 noted that the number of Serb deaths in the region alleged by the Serbian authorities “[does] not reflect the reality.”

On 13 July 1995, Serbs carried executions of 1,500 Bosniak civilians in the largest of four warehouses (farm sheds) owned by the Agricultural Cooperative in Kravica. The Bosniak civilians and the prisoners of war were locked in the warehouse. At around 18.00 hours, Serb soldiers soldiers threw in hand grenades and opened fire with various weapons, including an anti-tank gun, and slaughtered them. At Kravica, it seems that the local population had a hand in the killings. Some victims were mutilated and killed with knives. The bodies were taken to Bratunac or simply dumped in the river that runs alongside the road. The bodies were first buried in mass graves, then dug out with bulldozers and moved to hide the crime. Victims’ remains are scattered in several graves, taking years to identify.

Although regional court in Bijeljina yesterday rejected the Serb Police’s decision to prevent the genocide survivors and the victims’ relatives from paying respect to their dead in Kravica, the damage has already been done. Bosniaks were prevented from laying flowers on one of the largest genocide sites in Kravica as part of the 13th commemoration of Srebrenica genocide

“We won’t give up, we’ll come again,” Subasic said. “Only next time we won’t announce our arrival.”

  1. rbih4ever
    July 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    You mean the same police that is guilty of the same genocide?
    The same police that was legaly found guilty of that genocide?
    The police of that genocidal creation called republika srpska?

    What a surprise.
    Thank you International Community for legalising that police and that entity.
    And let us not forget the traitors in the Bosinian government who could have at least seriously tried stopping strenthening the so called republika srspka and its genocidal police but instead caved in to their demands.

  2. Vincent Jappi
    July 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Šešelj trial hears intercepted Karadžić conversation
    B-92, 16 July 2008 Source: SENSE

    THE HAGUE — The trial of Vojislav Šešelj continued with tape-recordings of intercepted phone conversations from 1991/92.

    According to the prosecution, the material proves the existence and functioning of a joint criminal enterprise involving the Serb Radical Party (SRS) leader.

    After a whole week in closed session, parts of the trial continued in open session today to allow the public to hear audio recordings of intercepted telephone conversations which, according to the prosecution, show that the defendant was mixed up in the joint criminal enterprise set forth in the indictment.

    The hearing went into closed session every time the prosecution or judges addressed protected witness VS-1112 who has been testifying for four days.

    The first recording was that of a conversation on October 12, 1991 between Radovan Karadžić and his poet friend, Gojko Đogo. Karadžić says Muslims would “disappear from the face of Earth“ if war broke out.

    In his words, Sarajevo would be “the blackest prison“ where “300,000 Muslims would die“, because they “stand no chance“ against the 300,000 armed Serbs supported by the army and wanting to “fight to their last breath“. Karadžić and Đogo criticize Miloševic for “relying on Šešelj and his group“, whom they describe as “nice“ but “neither significant nor serious“.

    The other recording played today in court showed how the joint criminal enterprise functioned, the prosecution contends.

    On July 8, 1991, Slobodan Miloševic phoned Karadžić to advise him to get in touch with General Uzelac, the commander of the JNA Banja Luka Corps. General Uzelac was to provide armed and helicopter transport for all volunteers from Karadžić’s Bosnian Serb Democratic Party (SDS) to reinforce the so-called Banja Luka group in the Bosnian Krajina and in Kupres. This was "of strategic importance to the future RAM".

    Milošević then went on to praise "the lunatic Šešelj" for having violently and vulgarly attacked the Serbian opposition for their criticism of the JNA.

    The defendant opposed the admission of the transcripts of the intercepted telephone conversations into evidence. In his view, this was an act of “unconstitutional eaves-dropping“ without a court order, carried out by an “illegal and conspiratorial organization”.

    Šešelj questioned the authenticity of the recordings, saying that there was an “uneven tone“, and that the recording was irrelevant to his case. In his opinion, the conversation between Karadžić and Đogo could show only that there had been some kind of joint enterprise between the SDS and Dragoljub Mičunović’s Democratic Party (DS) in Serbia since Đogo was one of its founders.

    The SRS, the defendant went on to say, had been in “bitter conflict“ with the DS, initially when it was led by Mičunović, and later under Zoran Đinđić.

    Šešelj’s party could not therefore have been part of any enterprise together with them. He said that Milošević’s “praise“ of the attack launched by “the lunatic Šešelj” against the opposition as proof of Milošević’s “overall animosity“ towards him because Šešelj was an anti-communist, “ready to die in the fight against communism“.

    All of which, Šešelj concluded, meant that it was not possible for the two of them to have taken part in the same criminal enterprise.

  3. Vincent Jappi
    July 21, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Knife, Wire, Shame – a reconciliation overshadowed by cadavers

    Author: Bojan Bojcic
    Uploaded: Sunday, 20 July, 2008

    Excerpt from a report in the independent Serbian daily Danas, marking the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which stresses the continuing denials from official Belgrade of the nature and authorship of the genocidal atrocity.

  4. Vincent Jappi
    July 21, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Even though the media reported her plea favourably, emphasising the positive role her admission of guilt could play in the reconciliation process, there were some who doubted her honesty. Her apology was certainly too little, too late for Bosniak victims’ societies. The sceptics were proven right. Her later claims of innocence and requests for amnesty show Plavsic has not come to terms with what she did, nor accepted her punishment.

  5. Sarah Franco
    July 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm


    my thoughts are with you people, I share your joy.

  6. Taras
    July 22, 2008 at 8:05 am

    They’ve finally captured Karadzic!

    In the name of the thousands of Bosniaks who perished at his hands in July 1995, may he spend the rest of his days behind bars and then burn in hell.

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